Many of us do remember to brush our teeth twice every day, but how often do we remember to change our toothbrush? How many times a year you need to change your toothbrush depends on your usage, preference, and health. Here are some things that you need to consider when using your toothbrush.
When Should You Get A New Toothbrush?
Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every three to four months as a general rule. However, you can get a new toothbrush after you have recovered from a sickness, especially if your toothbrush is stored near other people's toothbrushes. A sign that your toothbrush needs to be changed is the condition of the bristles. If the bristles are frayed, they won't clean your teeth properly. Additionally, children have a habit of brushing their teeth more aggressively than adults so their toothbrush may need to be replaced more often.
Maintaining your Toothbrush
[[[DIVSTYLE:margin-left:25px|[[[BulletList: The American Dental Association strongly advises rinsing your toothbrush under tap water every time you finish brushing to clean away traces of toothpaste and saliva. You can also run your thumb through the bristles to get rid of debris in the toothbrush.
To make sure everyone in your family has a new toothbrush every time they need one, get in the habit of buying toothbrushes several times a year. How often you need to change your toothbrush depends on several factors, as described above. To ensure the continued health of your teeth, make sure you change your toothbrush when it is needed.
If you want to know more about how to take care of your toothbrush and your oral health, consult Michael J. Wockenfus, DDS and Dr. Wockenfus at Mid Valley Dental. Call us at (920) 215-4160 today.
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